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Updated: Aug 17

Next up in our series of introductions is our Digital Mastermind and Data Architect:

Luis Wyss!

Luis is excited about the economics of biodiversity and hopes that with the right tools we can reintegrate nature into our economic system. He is a hybrid between a data scientist and a biologist and is using his knowledge to encode biological data into novel digital ecosystems.

His work at the Bank for International Settlements and his experience sampling plankton at the remote east coast of arctic Svalbard allows him to grasp the process of biodiversity quantification and financialisation from sample to asset. Previously, he has analysed transcriptomics datasets in the pharmaceutical industry and has built data management tools for epidemiological data as part of a Stanford-Andorra-CRG collaboration.

Luis is thrilled to work as a Data Architect for SimplexDNA because he is convinced that biodiversity monitoring will play a crucial role in restructuring our economy to be nature positive.

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Updated: Aug 17

Today, let's introduce you to our brilliant CEO and Co-Founder of SimplexDNA:

Prof. Dr. Kristy Deiner!

Kristy is fascinated and humbled by biodiversity and has spent hours, likely years, immersed in lakes and rivers from mountain tops to tropical islands unwinding the tangled banks of life to understand their inter-workings and connections. Discovery, exploration and learning are her key motivators.

She has worked across a spectrum of institutions from museums to universities across the US and Europe as a scientist, professor and always a student. For the last 10 years she has been developing new ways of observing the biodiversity of Earth through the power of sequencing environmental DNA.

She is the inventor of the ‘syringe method’ for sampling eDNA, now used by SimplexDNA all over the world. She also discovered that rivers are conveyor belts of biodiversity information through the transport of eDNA.

She believes in the power of observation and data to inform better decisions and as co-founder of SimplexDNA she is keen to build better biodiversity monitoring systems for our sustainable future.

  • Elvira Mächler

On September 2, SimplexDNA attended the 9th Swiss Green Economy Symposium in Winterthur entitled ‘sustainability needs brilliant minds’. The venue was a fabulous meeting where industry, politicians, and NGOs come together and discuss challenges but also opportunities for much-needed change. We were inspired by listening to the various changemaker impulse talks by companies and public authorities, explaining why and how they implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their work environment. One of the major challenges remains the question of how do we measure the progress on SDGs and how to share data and reach the highest impact.

Clearly, there is much work to be done to reach the targets formulated in the SDGs by 2030. It will not only need one single brilliant mind but many of them discussing, debating, and working together to lead the way forward. We from SimplexDNA hope to be a part of this journey leading to a sustainable future where economy, ecology, and societal aspects are not treated as contradictory terms but are equally valued aspects contributing to our sustainable aims.

Elvira Mächler

Co-founder of SimplexDNA